The News

Close to 2,000 people attended Orange County’s 20th annual Cops N Kids Picnic at Claiborne Park on June 20 for some summer fun, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports. Children at the event were treated to tours of emergency vehicles, shown tactical equipment used by SWAT, allowed to get up close and personal with some alligators, a snake and even a tortoise, and had plenty to eat and drink from various booths set up on the park grounds.

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Since last summer, scammers have continued to target Entergy customers in Texas and surrounding states. The con artist calls and tells the customer their electric bill payment is past due, and that service will be disconnected within the hour if payment isn’t made.

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Pinehurst firefighters battled a blaze caused by a lightning strike on Tuesday afternoon, June 24.

According to a news release from the Pinehurst Police Department, dispatch received a call regarding lightning striking a tree and causing a fire in the 3700 block of Whippoorwill Street at about 12:40 p.m. The Pinehurst Fire Department arrived quickly and extinguished the fire before it could spread to nearby structures, police report. 

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In an effort to combat traffic violations reported by numerous citizens, Port Arthur Police are proclaiming the month of July "Zero Tolerance Month," and no traffic warnings will be issued to drivers disregarding traffic laws - only citations.

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Police in Beaumont are still searching for a suspect in an overnight stabbing that occurred over the weekend and left a Beaumont man with minor injuries.

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